Devolution in the UK: Politics, Powers and Policies

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Over two decades have passed since the enactment of legislation setting
up devolution for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. New forms of
governance for Scotland and Wales and the return of a form of devolution
for Northern Ireland have been in operation from 1999. Devolution meant
a significant shift in the overall government of the UK towards multilevel
governance and away from the previous more centralized form of
unitary state. The establishment of devolution did not involve a totally new
blueprint for governance, and a number of historical influences shaped its
planning. The UK had well-established forms of territorial decentralized
administration on which to build new political institutions. Devolution
legislation in 1998 was also not the first legislation at Westminster
introduced to establish devolution, there having been previous Scotland
and Wales Bills over a lengthy time period and different legislation and
proposals addressing devolution in Northern Ireland. Important in the
pathway to the 1998 legislation were the attitudes and policies of successive
UK governments and the political parties involved and also the views of the
respective populations, electorates and campaigning groups...
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGreat Britain
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages260
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-3503-5843-0, 978-1-3503-5842-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-3503-5845-4, 978-1-3503-5841-6
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2023


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